Heroes and Villains Christopher Webber

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Heroes & Villains Returns to New Haven Museum


New Haven, CT, January 28, 2013—In honor of Black History Month in February, the New Haven Museum continues its Spring 2013 Heroes & Villains lecture series with a lecture on the life of James W. C. Pennington, a forgotten pioneer who helped lay the foundation for the contemporary civil rights revolution and inspire generations of future leaders. On Wednesday, February 6 (snow date: February 7), Christopher L. Webber will speak about Pennington, the subject of his book,American to the Backbone: The Life of James W. C. Pennington, the Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists. Pennington is a forgotten hero of nineteenth century America—a former slave who became a Yale University scholar, congregational pastor, and international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. He was so respected by European audiences that the University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first person of African descent to receive such a degree. As he fought for equal rights in America, Pennington’s voice was not limited to the preacher’s pulpit. More than a century before Rosa Parks took her transformational bus ride, Pennington challenged segregated seating in New York City streetcars.


Christopher L. Webber, a graduate of Princeton University and the General Theological Seminary in New York, is the author of a number of books, including Welcome to Christian Faith, Beyond Beowulf, and A Year with American Saints. He has also written hymns included in several major hymnals in the United States and Canada. Married to Margaret Elisabeth (Rose) Webber and the father of four children, he lives in Sharon in a house he and his wife built more than twenty years ago. He spends any spare time taking care of a vegetable garden and orchard.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society and currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. Join the Museum in exploring the stories behind some of the most important historical figures in the history of Greater New Haven and Connecticut. The lecture series will continue through 2013 as the New Haven Museum celebrates its 150th and the City of New Haven’s 375thanniversary. All lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Most lectures will be accompanied by book signings, and copies of each speaker’s books will be available for sale. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

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